Dear friend,

Summer isn't quite officially here, but it sure feels like it outside. Things are warming up here at 1000 Friends, too. In this month's Oregon Stories, meet the newest addition to our staff, come look for ghosts in Portland, bicycling fun in Helvetia, and more.

McCall Gala: Three Voices, One Compass—and One Great Party!

Next Friday, June 20. we celebrate Oregon's land use compass: where it has guided us, and where we'll go next. We'd love to see you there. Come meet Emerging Advocates and hear three standout innovators share their vision for where Oregon should go next.

Learn more and buy tickets at friends.org/gala2014.


Meet Sam, Our New Community Engagement Coordinator

We're thrilled to welcome the newest member of the 1000 Friends staff. Sam Diaz is a passionate organizer who will engage Oregonians in shaping their communities' future. Look for more info about Sam in next month's Oregon Stories, or come meet him at the McCall Gala!
Sam Diaz

Looking for Ghosts in Southeast Portland: Our New Field Trips Kick Off June 25

Fact: There are ghosts in Portland. Not the supernatural kind. Ghost freeways, never-built highways like the Mount Hood Freeway that once threatened whole neighborhoods. On June 25, we kick off our Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips with a walking tour to see what remains and what was avoided. Come ghost hunt with us. Space is limited! RSVP here.

Ghost Freeway Ramp

A Tradition Returns: Helvetia Community Bicycle Ride, Saturday, June 28

Washington County's Helvetia area is now protected as a rural reserve. It's also gorgeous—and the perfect place for a Saturday afternoon bike ride. Join us for what's become an annual tradition: an moderate loop from walkable Orenco Station into the rural heart of Helvetia and back. Free, but bring money for treats at the famous Helvetia Tavern! RSVP here.

Summer Field Trips

Finding One Oregon in Bend

We had a terrific time at The Environmental Center in Bend last month, having a frank discussion about Oregon's urban-rural divide and the threads that transcend it. Thank you to everyone who came and spoke up, and to our facilitators, Ethan Seltzer and Michael Hibbard. This was a Conversation Project event sponsored by Oregon Humanities—learn more about this innovative program.

A scene from our Bend conversation

Can Your Employer Help Protect Oregon?

Threats to Oregon are growing, as are demands on the lands, water, food, energy and other resources Oregon needs to thrive. We need more people and businesses standing up for this great state. 1000 Friends is pleased to partner with EarthShare Oregon to make that happen. EarthShare's workplace and online giving options are easy ways for you to share responsibility for stewarding Oregon’s legacy. Learn more here.

EarthShare Oregon

Land Use Trail

Planning a road trip this summer? Our Land Use Trail is chock-full of forty places worth a visit, in every corner of Oregon. From the thriving orchards of Hood River Valley to the open spaces of Steens Mountain and Baker City's charming Main Street, there are so many ways to celebrate our land and communities.

Learn more at friends.org/trail.

Will you be visiting a stop on the Trail this summer? Share your photos with us! Just use the tag #landusetrail or @1000oregon on Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr, or email them to craig@friends.org. We'll pass them on.

Support Our Work

Will you stand with us for a healthy Oregon?  Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

2014 Tom McCall Gala:
Oregon's Land Use Compass

Friday, June 20, 5:30-8:30 PM
Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd Ave.
Tickets: friends.org/gala2014


Land use is a compass that guides Oregon's future. Celebrate where the compass has taken us, and where we'll go next, at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala. Learn more here.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Portland's Ghost Freeways

Wednesday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 PM
Meet at Salmon Street Fountain
SW Salmon and Naito, Portland
Cost: $10


Join us for a walking tour around downtown Portland to talk about failed freeway projects and how they affect Portlanders getting around today. Learn more.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Helvetia Bike Ride

Saturday, June 28, 1-4:30 PM
Meet at Orenco Station MAX,
NW 231st and NE Alder St., Hillsboro

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP here.

Join us as we ride by scenic farmland, transit-oriented development, and explore the edge of the Urban Growth Boundary! 
The ride will include a moderate-difficulty 15-mile loop through Helvetia, including a stop at the Helvetia Tavern. Free! Learn more here.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
French Prairie Field Trip

Saturday, July 12, 1-5 PM
Cost: $10
RSVP here.

Friends of French Prairie's Ben Williams comes along a van tour through the historic French Prairie--a stop on our Land Use Trail--and Champoeg State Park to discuss the area's rich history and its role in the state's farming economy. More info here!

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on throughout Oregon, follow our "Latest" blog.

Join the Conversation

Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here are some recent highlights:

Join Us!


June 2
Care about safe, accessible bicycling? Our Executive Director and Communications Director wrote this piece to suggest four other things that should matter to you

May 28
AWESOME. Oregonians are working to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands, a stop on our Land Use Trail.

May 22
Love Oregon? Help us make it better. We're looking for some talented and creative summer interns. More info here: http://ow.ly/xagIr

May 21
"Homes near Oregon forests drive up wildfire costs": Scary stuff. We're working to keep more homes from the path of wildfires.  

Follow Us!


June 9
We're on Instagram! Follow at @1000oregon and share your photos of Oregon with us. Or should we say #oregongrams?

June 4
Really interesting conversation on our @BikePortland guest opinion about what should be next for bicycling advocacy. t.co/RqBV4QEgU1

May 30
Look at the time capsule contents dug up from Pioneer Courthouse Square today. Includes an '82 @SokolBlosser pinot. ow.ly/xshKx

May 15
Things that should never be "in driving distance" ow.ly/wSOYl Morning reading from @bcitiestowns pic.twitter.com/dSjHom84Nh


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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation. Questions, comments or story ideas? Email craig@friends.org.

Photo credits:
Header: Summer in Blue Basin by Loren Kerns, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Compass via Wikipedia Commons.
Field trips photo by Loren Kerns via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Ghost Freeway by Jason McHuff, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
EarthShare backdrop: Rogue River by Eric May, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.